The majority of students don’t like to use the most effective revision techniques. This has to change, says Karen Sullivan

When Barnaby Lenon, a former headteacher of Harrow, suggested that GCSE and A level students should study for seven hours-a-day throughout the Easter holidays, I genuinely thought he was joking.

“All topics should be revised at least three times before the exam,” he said. “Studies should start at 9am and finish at 6pm, with regular 30-minute breaks and a good night’s sleep at the end.”

To my mind, with an hour off for lunch (or perhaps, crazy thought, spending some time with friends and family), this means two 30-minute breaks. And long days of study hoping to achieve what exactly?

According to Lenon, “the best GCSE and A level results”.

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